Pulwama: 10 Lesser Known Facts about 2019 terror attack

Exactly three years ago, a 20-year-old suicide bomber from Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) killing at least 40 jawans on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway on February 14, 2019. From Jaish bomber to revelations by NIA, here are some lesser known facts about the Pakistan-sponsored dastardly attack.

1. Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber was identified as Adil Ahmed Dar (20). Dar, a jihadist, rammed an IED-laden car into one of the buses carrying 35-40 CRPF troopers at Pulwama’s Lethpora.

2. The attack took place at around 3:15 pm on Feb 14, 2019, when a convoy of 78 buses with 2,500 CRPF personnel was heading to Srinagar from Jammu.

3. The terror attack escalated tensions between India and Pakistan. On February 15, 2019, Ministry of External Affairs informed that the attack was sponsored by Pakistan.

4. On February 26, Indian armed forces retaliated, carrying out surgical strikes along the Line of Control targeting Jaish-e-Mohammad camps.

5. In August 2020, almost 18 months after the attack, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a 13,500-page chargesheet in a special court in Jammu against 19 people including Masood Azhar, the chief of Pakistan terror group JeM, for planning the terror attack.

6. The chargesheet stated that suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar was driving a vehicle laden with 200 kg of explosives.

7. The chargesheet named Masood Azhar, his brothers -- Abdul Rauf and Ammar Alvi -- and his nephew Mohammed Umer Farooq, who had infiltrated into India in 2018 and was subsequently killed in one of the encounters with security forces in South Kashmir.

8. Among the 19 people accused in the chargesheet, 12 were residents of Kashmir, while 7 were Pakistani nationals. Pakistan residents included Masood Azhar Alvi, Rouf Asgar Alvi, Ammar Alvi, Qari Mufti Yasir (killed), Mohammad Ismail, Muhammad Umar Farooq (killed in an encounter), Kamran Ali (killed in an encounter).

9. Kashmiri residents named in the chargesheet were Shakir Bashir, Insha Jan, Peer Tariq Ahmed Shah, Waiz-ul-Islam, Mohammad Abbas Rather, Bilal Ahmed Kuchhey, Mohd Iqbal Rather, Sameer Ahmad Dar, Ashaq Ahmed Nengroo, Adil Ahmed Dar (the suicide bomber who was killed), Sajjad Ahmed Bhat (killed in an encounter), Mudasir Ahmad Khan (killed).

10. The investigation by NIA revealed Pakistani establishment's role in pushing terrorists into the Indian territory from the launch pads located in Pakistan's Shakargarh.